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Jackson Twp Police: Coach put cameras in showers for 8 years

12:57 AM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSON TOWNSHIP --  Police say head freshman basketball coach Scott Studer put cameras in the boys' locker rooms shower area on multiple occasions dating back to 2005.

The 46-year-old is in the Stark County jail tonight, facing eight felony charges of illegal use of a minor in nudity.

Studer is well known in the community, and was well liked by the students at Jackson High School.

He has coached basketball for 27 years and is an alumni of Jackson High School.

The district accepted his resignation upon Studer's arrest this morning.

In addition to coaching, he'd been employed as a building aide, checking visitors in and out of the front office.  Studer also had access to security cameras at the school.

Jackson Township Police assisted The US Postal Inspectors in serving a search warrant at Studer's home Wednesday morning, in a separate investigation of child pornography.

Inside the home, they discovered media, containing footage from inside the basketball locker room shower area.

Upon questioning Studer, police learned Studer had assembled and disassembled hidden cameras in the locker room as he went in and out of the facility over the years.

Police believe more charges are pending, on a state and federal level.  Investigators are not sure how many hours of footage Studer recorded, or how many students he filmed over the years.

High School parents who found out about the investigation through their children are angry that the district did not notify parents first.

"How long do you think it's going to take?" said one parent.

Parents want to know when they might learn if their children were on camera.

"We should have been notified, our children should have been notified," one mother said.  "There should have been counselors at the school today."

Many spoke out at the police press conference, dissatisfied with Superintendent Chris DiLoreto's answers.

The superintendent says crisis management and counseling for students will begin tomorrow.

"Any distress you feel, I certainly emphasize and feel with you," DiLoreto said.

Vicky Smith's son recently made the freshman basketball team, and they knew Studer before this fall.

"They have no idea what [my son] is going through. As parents, it's tough," Smith said.


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